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The SF novel covers the election for president of Earth in the year 2100, where the world has adopted the American two-party electoral system. There's also an increasingly incredulous alien ambassador along for the ride. Here's the description from the back cover:
The year is 2100, and when it comes to the planet-wide presidential election, the father-daughter team of Toby and Lara Platt are the cutthroat campaign directors who can get candidates elected by any means necessary, including the current president of Earth, Corbin Dubois. But when an alien lands outside the United Nations, claiming to be an ambassador from outer space, Dubois orders her attacked. It’s the day Toby Platt finally resigns.
The alien survives—and so, it seems, might Dubois’s corrupt reelection campaign, now run by Lara. But Toby vows to put his daughter out of a job. He challenges the two major parties—one conservative, one liberal—and runs for president himself with a third-party moderate challenge. He might be a long-shot, but he can no longer sit by and help others play politics that seek power instead of solutions.
Amid rising tensions and chants of “Alien go home!” the campaign trail crisscrosses continents as father and daughter battle for electoral votes and clash over ideas and issues facing the world of 2100 in this bare-knuckle, fight-to-the-finish political campaign. The world is watching. And so is the alien.
Presidential politics has dominated the news for years, and this year like no others. Few stories are more compelling than a bare-knuckle, fight-to-the-finish political campaign, as we are seeing right now in both the Republican and Democratic races. And yet, where are the SF stories that cover this? Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions dramatizes and satirizes politics in creating a new sub-genre: campaign science fiction. It is West Wing in the 22nd Century. The underlying theme of the novel is moderation in politics; some will read it as a Moderate Manifesto.
There are two "Big Ideas" in the novel. The first, as noted above, is all about moderation, something you don't see very often in modern American politics. Why must readers always choose between two extremes? In so choosing they begin to identify with the choice they made, and so they tend to move to the extremes themselves. This doesn't make sense — but it'll take Toby and Bruce to change this dynamic and bring back moderation.
And that brings us to the second "Big Idea" — why is the U.S. stuck with two major parties? In the novel, Toby and Bruce will mount a third-party challenge — and show how it can be done. While Republicans try to prove they are the most conservative, and Democrats that they are the most liberal, Toby and Bruce are out to prove they are the most moderate — and begin to call themselves "Moderate Extremists." Along the side of the floater they use to travel the world are the words, "Extremism in the Pursuit of Moderation is No Vice."
Why is there an alien ambassador in the novel? The story takes place 84 years from now, and a lot of history has taken place. Readers learn of this history and about Earth politics at the same time as the alien, whose eyestalks often stare at each other in disbelief. But just as the alien—– Twenty-two — sometimes has to put on his "Stupid" hat (actually Bruce's pet, an iguana with a brain that's half cat) to truly understand the absurdity of human politics and the two-party electoral system, so will you!
Here's what Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Quantum Night, wrote:
Larry Hodges is an insightful political commentator and a kick-ass science-fiction writer. A dynamite novel full of twists and turns; this futuristic House of Cards is both entertaining and thought-provoking.